HEN or Helping & Empowering our Neighbours has begun its very first initiative - HEN Storytelling just yesterday 6 June 2018. Reaching out to the children of the underprivileged families in Bedok North, our aim was to empower them with a love for reading and a better command of the English language. And most of us being docents, we decided to bring the stories of Singapore to these children. This brilliant idea was a brainchild of Jane Ong, our Secretary and fellow Singaporean. This will also enhamce the kids knowledge of Singapore's history. Remember the Swordfish story and how it is linked to Redhill area?
It is slated to be held every Wednesday from 1.45pm - 2.30pm at Fengshan CC in Bedok North St 2 .
Gaelle Lefebvre, our Belgian HEN member, was our honorary first storyteller yesterday. She engaged the roughly 8 children (attendance was low because of the Ramadan fasting month) with the story of the two mermaid sisters who disobeyed the king and the king, to teach them a lesson, transforms them into mudskippers in the end. Apart from teaching them about the consequences of disobeying your elders, it also highlights how the island of Singapore arose from the sea.
I will post more photos but as the children are under protection and we are bound by strict client confidentiality, I'm unable to.
If you are free on Wednesday afternoons and would love to be part of this meaningful vocation, do send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org No special skills are required. Of course you must hv read to your kids when they were younger?? You don't hv to read every Wednesday. Once a month is fine. So, all you need is a love for reading, a passion to serve the community and 1 hr of your time.
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usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...